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James Harrison's appeal to be heard today

12/14/2011

James Harrison's expedited hearing will take place today at 2 p.m. via phone, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Ted Cottrell, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator who is one of the league's appeals officers, will preside over the hearing, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Harrison was suspended for one game without pay ($73,529) on Tuesday for his hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. If Harrison wins his appeal, he will be able to return to the team facility immediately and play at San Francisco on Monday night.

Working against Harrison is his history as a repeat offender. He's been fined six times since the 2009 season. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin also said Harrison hit McCoy "illegally."